The 2016 Empowering Women of Color Conference is hosting a youth creative writing contest! This year, we are inviting youth to submit a creative writing piece (essay, poem, or short story) that reflects on the themes of EWOCC 2016. Our theme this year is Decolonizing Feminism: Reclaiming Our Bodies and Communities in a Digital World.
How have you used social media to empower Women of Color, how have you seen social media used to harm women of color, and what does feminism look like and mean for you?
31st Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference
About the 31st annual EWOCC
Our 31st Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, “Decolonizing Feminism: Reclaiming our Bodies and Communities in a Digital World,” is inspired by women of colors’ viral revolutions in social media. Women of Color have always been essential to the empowerment of women, yet historically our contributions have been erased and othered by white/mainstream-feminism. Our voices have been silenced, our bodies objectified, our communities gentrified. The conference will feature thought provoking workshops, a panel discussion, and speakers, we will explore how women of color are shifting the dominant narrative, bringing attention to our voices that were previously ignored. We will explore how information is shared, what information is shared, and how Women of Color are reflected in these spaces. We will discuss the digital divide, and the ways in which technology has both helped and harmed our communities.
About the Youth Creative Writing Contest
We are particularly interested in engaging and including the voices of youth at this special event. Today’s youth are more than blooming minds and young faces; they are also at the forefront of struggles for resistance and social change. The selected winner of our competition will receive a cash prize, an opportunity to read/perform their piece at EWOCC, free EWOCC admission for themselves and their family, as well as free EWOCC merchandise. Two runner ups will also be awarded free EWOCC admission.


Must be between the ages of 13-19 years old
Must be able to attend EWOCC on April 9th, 2016
Must submit application by March 13th, 2016 (It has been extended to the 18th)

Preference will be given to individuals who:
Self-identify as a women of color
Speak specifically to a direct or indirect experience with the conference themes

Please direct any questions to ewocc.youth.outreach@gmail.com

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If selected, would you be OK with our publishing your submission in the EWOCC program and on the EWOCC website?
Writing prompt (max 3000 words): Take the theme of the 31st Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, Decolonizing Feminism: Reclaiming our Bodies and Communities in a Digital World, and explain what it means to you. You may draw on your own direct/indirect experiences to talk about how the theme relates to you and what importance it has for your communities and to society more broadly. We are interested in submissions that not only inspire readers, but also move us to think differently about Feminism and the social media. You do not have to disclose any names or organizations at the conference (yours or others). You may submit an essay from any class or scholarship application. We are simply interested in getting to know you and your story!
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